Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has opted to seek legal redress over accusations of drug trafficking levelled to him by a section of leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto. 

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The second-term county boss has now filed a defamation suit against his Nandi counterpart Stephen Sang, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Didimus Barasa (Kimilili) and Kimani Ichung’wah of Kikuyu after they linked him to the illegal business. 

Joho, who has already written to Interpol seeking for clarification of a list released by the Paris-based unit on suspected drug traffickers during the reign of the late Internal Security Minister Prof Joseph Saitoti, the ODM deputy leader has insisted that he has nothing to do with the vice.

The accused are now expected to appear before Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday to respond to the case against them within 15 days. They risk being accused in absentia if they fail to appear in court for the hearing.

“Should you fail to enter an appearance within the time mentioned above, the Plaintiff may proceed with the suit and judgement may be given in your absence,” read the court papers, as obtained by Citizen.

The accusations became rife after Joho revealed that ODM leader Raila Odinga had asked his brigades to ensure that DP Ruto does not ascend to power after President Uhuru Kenyatta completes his term.